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Johnny Depp to Voice Title Character in Animated ‘Sherlock Gnomes’

Paramount Animation and MGM have set Johnny Depp to voice the title character in “Sherlock Gnomes.”

Returning stars James McAvoy as Gnomeo and Emily Blunt as Juliet will join Depp in the follow-up to the hit animated “Gnomeo and Juliet,” which earned nearly $200M worldwide in 2011.

From Elton John’s Rocket Pictures, the film takes place after a string of garden gnome disappearances in London, when Gnomeo and Juliet look to legendary detective Sherlock Gnomes to solve the case. John Stevenson is directing the pic, which Paramount Animation and MGM will release on January 12, 2018.

The producing team includes John, David Furnish, Steve Hamilton-Shaw and Carolyn Soper. The film is written by Ben Zazove.

This isn’t the first time Depp and Paramount Animation have worked together; they first teamed up on the Academy Award winning pic “Rango.” Depp, who is repped by UTA, was last seen in Warner Bros.’ “Black Mass.”

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